The Childcare Offer is available from the term after your child’s third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday, when they start full-time school.
Applications open approximately 8 weeks before the funding starts.
Autumn term 2021 applications for children born between 1 April 2018 and 31August 2018 can be submitted from 4 June 2021.
All complete applications submitted with all correct evidence by 2 July 2021 will be responded to by 19 July 2021, with funding to start at the beginning of Autumn Term.
Incomplete applications received between 4 June 2021 – 2 July 2021 will take longer to process.
You can still apply after 2 July 2021, but funding may not be guaranteed for the start of the Autumn Term and cannot be backdated.
- If you choose to use childcare before your application is approved, you will be liable for any costs of the childcare.
- Childcare Offer funding cannot be backdated for the period before an application is approved.
- You must talk to your childcare provider first as the application form asks you to confirm which childcare provider you are using.
(Applications for children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 December 2018 can be submitted from 29 October 2021).